|No more continuous driveway:|
Greatly reduced right- and left-hook threats
|Before: via Streetview|
This looks to be a great improvement for what had been a rather anarchic parking lot and access. There were definitely more dangerous places in Salem, but the drivers trying to whip into the lot through a gap in traffic constituted a real right- and left-hook hazard, requiring heightened attention when walking or biking here.
Some other parts of the project might be worth noticing.
|Project map (2016)|
|New rain garden, placed behind the sidewalk|
|New bridge at Clark Creek|
|Before: 12th Street at the Clark Creek Culvert|
Between Hoyt and McGilchrist the sidewalk disappeared
Update, April 10th, 2019
Here's some sad news. The market at the new turn lane has closed.
|The market on 12th at Fairview SE closed recently|
maybe in late March
In order to create the new turn lane, the City sliced off part of the sidewalk and parking lot. The new parking lot has no exit onto Fairview, and no room to turn around. So you have to back out after you've pulled in. It's very awkward, and seems likely this was at least an ingredient in whatever set of reasons led to the closure. (There's also a different competing convenience store just a block away, so it's also unlikely there's one single, master variable here.)